Dawn Chorus Walks at Fordhall Farm on Bank Holiday Weekend

This bank holiday weekend we are holding two events: two Dawn Chorus Walks to help celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day at the beginning of May.

The first will begin at 4.30am on Saturday May 1st at Fordhall. Led by local twitcher and lifelong bird enthusiast Paul Rutter. Paul has a wealth of knowledge and will lead you around Fordhall, through woodlands, over wetlands, diverse grass meadows and more. You will get the opportunity to hear many birds and enjoy the challenge of deciphering which bird is associated with which call! Something that I have fun with every year 🙂

Each morning the sun rises around the world facing ever more environmental challenges. Everywhere people face problems of pollution, famine, climate change and habitat destruction. Yet each morning the birds awake and sing their songs with enthusiasm

International Dawn Chorus day is a chance to set aside all our challenges for a few minutes, join in with your friends around the world in enjoying and celebrating nature’s miracle – the Dawn Chorus.

This is the time of year when all our birds come back to mate and nest. They are all competing with each other for mates and we have the wonderful opportunity of being part of that experience with them.

The second walk will take place on Sunday May 2nd, again at 4.30am from the farm. This walk will be geared towards children and families. It will provide that important quality time together, where you can all enjoy the morning song and even compete on spotting and hearing the many varieties of bird we have at Fordhall. If you’re brave you can even choose to camp at Fordhall the night before, or stay in our yurts and we will come and wake you ready for the mornings walk.

In previous years we have spotted pied wagtail (as in the photo above), lapwing, buzzards, teal, chiff chaffs, woodpeckers, thrush, reed bunting and more… Who knows what other unusual birds you may find this year or what other wildlife you will see?

If you would like to join us on either of these events, please can you contact the office to book. Each walk will end with a full cooked breakfast from the farm (veggie options available too). The full walk and breakfast costs £7.50 per person on the Saturday, or £20 per family (2-4ppl) for the Sunday walk (including camping).

We do hope you will be able to join us.

01630 638696 or project@fordhallfarm.com